In the News 22nd September
Tuesdays News at a glance:
The UK Government Will Not Stand Up To Brussels – Are you TRULY surprised at the treatment of vapers? The real cause. – Think on that for a moment vapers.. – Prof Linda Bauld and Andy Morrison on BBC Radio Scotland – Toward beneficial and practical standards for e-cigarettes – Electronic Cigarettes are Not Renormalizing Smoking, Anti-Tobacco Groups Are – Nominee for FDA Commissioner Has Massive Conflicts of Interest – Evidence about nicotine toxicity and the dry puff phenomenon – Time to address e-cigarette confusion – U.S. Government Task Force to Smokers: Quit or Die – Fighting for Vaping Rights with Pamela Gorman of NJOY – Nicotine Science and Policy – Daily Digest
Back in February, this blog urged you to sign up in support of Totally Wicked’s legal challenge to the EU Tobacco Products Directive concerning e-cigs. You might be interested to learn that since then over 60,000 have done exactly that.
The court hearing is scheduled for October 1st so if you haven’t already done so, please go here and register your objection to what Clive Bates quite rightly calls“this dire piece of legislation”. Personally, I’d call it the predictable pile of toxic and destructive horseshit which always results when you get politicians and regulators gathered together in a room, but that’s just semantics….
Clive Bates just put out an excellent post called Tobacco Products Directive – what next and what can be done?
He is meaning what can be done for vapers. I submitted a comment which he has not allowed, and I don’t blame him. I was banging on about my usual anger at the way smokers – smokers – are treated. For THAT is the nub. Everything stems from that – how smokers and smoking has been treated affects vapers.
On the 17th of September the Health and Social Care Committee took evidence from amongst others, Dr Stephen Monaghan of BMA Wales and Dr Jane Fenton-May of the Royal College of General Practitioners.
In their evidence Dr Monaghan and Dr Fenton-May made a number of statements:
Steve Christie tells about his journey from smoking to vaping, why he fights and why all vapers should be concerned about tha TPD.
Come next May, post TPD (should it go through as it stands) a new vaper, starting off as I did?…Their journey would end right there. No other products to try..Either stick with your cigalike or go back to smoking. I’m sure I would have!
Nic content not cutting it?……Tough 20mg is as high as you can go!
Cigalikes don’t suit you?……..Tough that’s all you’re left with!
Dear Public Health England
It has been with much anticipation, that we read your expert review of the latest evidence regarding vaping, that concludes that e-cigarettes/vapour products are around 95% safer than smoking tobacco and that they [vapour products] can help smokers to quit smoking combustible tobacco products – and that e-cigarettes release negligible levels of nicotine into ambient air with no identified health risks to bystanders….
Carl V. Phillips – Anti THR Lies
At the GTNF2015 conference I was on a panel discussing e-cigarette standards. The standards being discussed include manufacturing practices (e.g., clean rooms, hardware materials), specific technologies (e.g., whether a heating coil is capable of overheating, safe batteries), and ingredients (e.g., the perennial debates about whether some flavoring agents pose too much of a hazard). I decided to take the approach of addressing what the proper role for standards is, from a political economy perspective. What follows is the talk I gave…
Anti-Tobacco Groups Are – Michael Siegel
“In the 1970s, the U.S. Congress banned tobacco ads to protect our impressionable youth from perceiving smoking as socially desirable. Now, for the first time in decades, advertisements portraying the recreational use of tobacco products are reappearing in popular media. Advertisements present e-cigarettes and vaporizers as safer alternatives to conventional cigarettes. Tobacco control advocates fear this type of exposure will unravel decades of progress in America by renormalizing smoking….”
And is Not an Appropriate Choice – Michael Siegel
Because the FDA regulates drug companies, it is essential that the Commissioner of this agency not have severe conflicts of interest by virtue of having financial relationships with pharmaceutical companies; in particular, recent financial relationships. In fact, Dr. Califf’s conflicts of interest are both severe and recent….
Dr Farsalinos in reply to the BMJ
Grimsrud wrote an alarming comment about the negative effects of nicotine on cancer disease. He cites a review by Sanner and Grimsrud about the nicotine effects on cancer . It is characteristic that all evidence in that review was derived from cell and animal laboratory studies. On the contrary, their discussion about human effects was only related to smoking or oral tobacco use and not to nicotine….
Lizzy Buchan – The Scotsman
THE debate over e-cigarettes is one of the most volatile and fast moving in public health, as scientists attempt to navigate the constantly shifting landscape – and the public tries to make sense out of all the hot air.
Only last year there were calls for fierce regulation, alongside panic that the eye-catching devices could act as a ‘gateway drug’ to teenagers taking up smoking traditional cigarettes….
Gregory Conley – American Vaping Association
The American Vaping Association, a leading advocate for the benefits of vapor products such as electronic cigarettes, reacted today to a new report by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) on smoking cessation tools. The report by the USPSTF, a government-backed independent organization that has a Congressional directive to review the evidence on cessation practices, advises doctors to only recommend FDA-approved therapies and counseling for smokers looking to quit….
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